Cicada Sundaes, Rat City: Top Animal Stories 2021 In DC, NoVA

Virginia – While most of Patch’s stories in 2021 focused on humans residing in Washington, D.C. and Virginia, journalists also kept an eye on big animal-related stories throughout the year.

Whether it’s Cicada Brood X’s return after a 17-year nap, DC being declared the fourth most ruthless city in the country or a feral cat defending its food from a fox, Patch has been up there with the details.

Recently, Patch highlighted the efforts of two local animal rescues to help homeless cats and dogs from rural communities find forever homes in the metropolitan area.

In September, teams of volunteers from Arlington and Alexandria attended Manassas Airport to receive more than 100 animals evacuated from Louisiana shelters before Hurricane Ida.

Local cat and dog owners have shared photos of their favorite pets for various occasions during the summer, whether formal or informal.

Cicada Sundae from Toby’s Homemade Ice Cream comes with one scoop each of sweet and bitter chocolate and café au lite, topped with chocolate sprinkles, red eyes from M&M, and a waffle cone. (Courtesy of Toby’s Homemade Coffee and Ice Cream)

In the springtime, residents of D.C. and Virginia celebrate the raucous and decisive return of X-brood, also known as eastern great cicadas.

Not all animal stories from 2021 were fun or exhilarating. Washington, D.C., for example, ranked fourth on Orkin’s list of 2021 Rattiest Cities.

Animal control officers in Arlington have warned the public several times throughout the year to look out for fast animals in their neighborhoods.

Fairfax County Animal Control responded to Reston’s home last Friday afternoon when a hawk surprised itself by crashing into a window. (Edward Abbott)

Here are more patch stories from 2021 highlighting the animals in our communities:

Hook was surprised after crashing into the window of Reston’s house

Edward Abbott was having lunch around 12 noon on July 9, when he heard a loud crash in one of the windows of his Reston home. He went up to the deck to investigate

Rarely has an owl been found flying into the Octon House

People rarely spot northern saw owls due to their nocturnal tendencies, so it was a rare treat when Animal Protection Police spotted one in Oakton on November 17.

Black bear populations make great comeback in Virginia: Report

A Virginia wildlife official estimates the current number of black bears in the state to be between 18,000 and 20,000.

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